A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate”. A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
In the past many patients worried about eating and speaking in public due to ill fitting dentures. Dr. Amos Kahane uses technology which combines dentures and mini implants to reduce or eliminate those worries of the denture wearer, allowing them to speak and eat with more comfort, ease and confidence. If you have an ill-fitting denture, mini implants may be the simple, easy one stage solution you are looking for. Give us a call to get more details!
The effects of tooth loss to your oral health are significant. What many people fail to realize is that when you lose a tooth the bone that surrounds and supports it deteriorates and adjacent teeth collapse and invade the space.
Losing one of your front teeth results in a gap that is obvious to others. Consequently this will have a huge impact on your smile and self confidence.
Losing your back teeth will directly affect your bite and your ability to eat and chew properly.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The implant replaces the missing tooth root and preserves the remaining bone by stimulating the bone cells to remain after the natural tooth root is removed. Implants maintain the integrity of your facial structure by preserving your natural bone.
The implant procedure usually requires multiple appointments over several months. On your first visit, xrays and impressions of the jaw and teeth may be taken to determine bone width and height, gum tissue and spacing available to accommodate the placement of the implant. The implant is then surgically placed in the bone and allowed to heal for a period of three to six months. A transitional restoration will be used as a temporary solution while we wait for the bone to integrate with the implant. A crown (false tooth) is then placed over the implant and will function like a natural tooth to renew self confidence and function. In most cases Dr. Amos Kahane is able to complete the implant treatment in the dental chair so no hospitalization is necessary.
If you’re looking for an attractive, comfortable and permanent replacement for missing teeth, then dental implants may be the answer. Dental implants have helped hundreds of thousands of people regain the function and confidence they once took for granted. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or require a complete set of teeth, you owe it to yourself to talk with Dr. Amos Kahane about the benefits that dental implants can offer.
Wisdom teeth, referred to as third molars, are usually the last teeth to develop. They are located in the very back of your mouth, next to your second (or twelve year) molars and near the entrance to your throat. Third molars are usually completely developed between the ages of 15 and 18, a time that traditionally has been associated with maturity and the attainment of “wisdom”.
Since our jaws are much smaller than those of our ancestors, wisdom teeth commonly do not have enough room to erupt fully into our mouths and the potential for problems begin. Even if the wisdom teeth do fully erupt, their posterior location makes it extremely difficult to keep them clean and healthy over the course of a lifetime.
More often, one or more of these third molars fails to emerge in proper alignment or fails to fully emerge through the gum line and becomes entrapped or “impacted” between the jawbone and the gum tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in swelling, pain, and infection of the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth. In addition, impacted wisdom teeth can cause permanent damage to nearby teeth, gums, and bone and can sometimes lead to the formation of cysts or tumors that can destroy sections of the jaw.
Removing wisdom teeth later on in life is much more difficult, the recovery period is longer and less predictable, and most importantly, wisdom tooth removal later in life is associated with increased risks and complications. This makes a strong case for having them surgically removed as soon as possible.
Lesion Removal and Biopsy – your dentist can take a small sample of abnormal growth or tissue and then send it for laboratory testing for identification. Some lesions can be managed medically or can be removed by the dentist.
Facial Infections Pain and swelling in the face, neck or jaws may indicate an infection. Infections in this area of the body can sometimes develop into life threatening emergencies if not treated promptly and effectively. Your dentist can assist in diagnosing and treating this problem. Surgical treatment, if needed, may include cutting into and draining the infected area as well as extracting any teeth that might be involved.